Champions for Kids: Help End Hunger in Your Community Schools

Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Did you know that today more children than ever before get free or reduced price school breakfast? That’s 9.8 million kids. Even more startling to me, is that 10.6 million eligible kids go completely without breakfast during the school week. I can’t imagine my girls trying to learn and study on an empty stomach. Hunger has a huge effect on a child’s school performance; 9 out of 10 teachers say having a healthy breakfast is a key to academic achievement.

I wasn’t familiar with Champions for Kids and their SIMPLE Giving program in conjunction with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods, but it’s as easy as visiting your local Walmart while you’re out shopping for your family, purchasing breakfast foods, and then donating them to help provide a nutritious start to the day for children in your local schools.

I’ve traveled half way around the world to Kenya to speak with school children in the slums who often go without breakfast so it’s hard for me to believe that there are children in my own community who go without something as basic as breakfast. The Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving program is such a great community service project to share with your kids. Here in Middle Tennessee there are several area participating Walmart stores, such as those in Nashville, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro.

It can be overwhelming when we think of need in our communities and we aren’t sure just where to start. Sometimes we can become resigned to think that small efforts don’t make a difference. Champions for Kids is a champion of spreading the word that helping others does not have to come in large doses. Instead, Champions for Kids seeks to ignite generational change by fostering a “habit of giving” among youth and parents in America.

How can you help? Simply purchase and donate breakfast food items at your local participating Walmart now  through May 5. Place your items in the purple donation bins at the front of the store after checkout. All of the food donations go to children in the local store district so this is a great way to give back to your local community and demonstrate to your children the importance of giving back. The school district that collects the most donated items from a single Walmart store in its division will also receive $10,000 from Champions for Kids. And the school district that collects the most donations from a Walmart store in its region will receive $1,000 from Champions for Kids. For a full list of participating stores and official rules click here.

Walmart Simple Giving Program

Champions for Kids #SIMPLEGiving Twitter Party

The Motherhood is joining Champions for Kids along with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods for a Twitter party Thursday, April 24 to spread the word about a simple way we can help ensure that kids in our communities enjoy a nutritious breakfast that will help them stay focused in school! I’ve teamed up with several other bloggers to co-host the party where you’ll learn more about this great program and helping your community, as well as have the chance to win some fun prizes, such as a Walmart gift card.


During the party we’ll be sharing more ways to give in our communities, including Champions For Kids’ Simple Services Projects. Simple Service Projects are easy ways for people to help the kids in their own community through four easy steps—Gather, Learn, Give and Share!


When: Thursday, April 24, at Noon CST


Where: Twitter! Follow the #SIMPLEGiving hashtag to track the conversation. You can read the details and RSVP via this link: http://www.twtvite.com/simplegiving


Hashtag: #SIMPLEGiving


Prizes: Five prizes will be given to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Walmart gift card.


Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, and @EmilyMcKhann


Sponsor: @Champions4Kids


Will I see you at the party?

Nashville: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus Pass Giveaway

Disclosure: I received free tickets for the circus in exchange for this promotional post.

This giveaway is closed! Congrats to Wendy, Rebecca F., Keith Overby, Steve N. and Becca. Please check your email!

It’s January which means the Greatest Show on Earth is headed to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena!

Once again I am excited to offer tickets to give away to my readers so you can share this fun experience with their families. We took our girls to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus for the first time three years ago when they were just 8 and 5 and it’s now a tradition that my girls look forward to, not to mention that going to the circus is a special outing I recall from my own childhood. There’s just something exciting about heading downtown to see such amazing performances and talent all under one roof.

Circus Pic My girls in 2011 getting ready to see the Greatest Show on Earth!


Speaking of talent, the Ringling Bros. YouTube channel features several behind-the-scenes videos. This one is a favorite of my 8-year-old, who loves gymnastics. I’ve always been fascinated at the intense training and endurance that the circus performers must be dedicated to in order to keep up the level of professionalism of Ringling Bros.

I’m giving away FIVE family four-packs of ticket vouchers. Five lucky Middle Tennessee area readers will have the chance to see the Built to Amaze production at Bridgestone Arena Jan. 24-26. There are several show times to choose from, making it easy to fit into your busy schedule.

Ringling Brothers Circus Nashville

Here’s the official announcement from Ringling Bros. (can you believe this is the 143rd edition?!):

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ®  Presents Built To Amaze!℠ , the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation, anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!

Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds.  Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance.

Celebrate the tradition TODAY and experience it’s modern flare of twists and turns where excitement and suspense are so intense you’ll be tempted to cover your eyes. From the blueprints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the hammer to the high wire, witness the spectacle as we measure out the perfect mix of marvel and majesty in an imagination equation where the impossible comes to life. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite part of the circus is. I always love seeing the amazing animal performers, especially the elephants, lions, and dogs. If that’s not enough to entice you, don’t forget this is your excuse to eat cotton candy and funnel cakes because you know you’d be a jerk NOT TO…wink. For up to four additional entries (please leave a new and separate comment on this post for each of these you do):

  • Let me know if you are a fan of BlondeMomBlog on Facebook

  • Let me know if you are a fan of Ringling Bros. on Facebook

  • Follow BlondeMomBlog on Twitter

  • Follow Ringling Bros. on Twitter

I’ll select a winner from all eligible comments using Random.org; giveaway closes at midnight CST Monday, January 20. Please do not enter if you will not be able to use these tickets for the Nashville show.

Fall Family Fun: Ideas For Enjoying The Great Outdoors

Fall Family Fun


I’m over at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Wishing Well blog talking about fun fall family outdoor activities. Go visit me there!

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities in the fall?

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